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The Comal ISD bus driver who was suspended last month after she was accused of separating students on her bus based on race has been fired, according to a statement from the school district.
The district said the driver demonstrated a lack of due diligence and professional judgment when instituting discipline, though it did not clarify whether the accusations played a factor in the decision to fire her.
“The bus driver’s failure to do her due diligence in investigating the behavior of students on Feb. 20 resulted in the disciplining of students on Feb. 24 who had not been guilty of misconduct,” the district said.
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The unidentified employee drove bus 420 for Danville Middle School, said Comal ISD spokesman Steve Stanford. Parents complained to the district about an incident that occurred on Feb. 24, alleging that the driver separated the 25 students on the bus by race. She said she assigned the seats based on student behavior.
“We are fully aware of how this incident has been perceived by students who ride bus 420 and their parents,” Stanford said in an email in February. “As such, we have opened a full investigation into the matter.”
“Comal ISD expects the highest level of professionalism from all of its employees and does not tolerate any behavior that is discriminatory,” he added.
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